Wreck of Laboe
Located just 15 minutes away from the harbour the deep dive is great for those divers that want to explore a local wreck. The Laboe is also lays within the marine park area so all marine species are protected by fishing laws.
The Laboe was built in Rendburg shipyard in Germany 1940. Originally built as a cruise vessel, she was brought to Cyprus in 2006 to be used as a diving liveaboard. In 2014 she was sunk in the Moulia, Paphos area as part of the artificial reefs and marine parks project. Since the sinking the Laboe is regularly visited by marine biologist to monitor the species living in and around the wreck. In the summer of 2020, they found and documented 14 different species of coral.
For this dive a minimum certification level of Advanced Open Water is required.
If your last dive was more than 1 year ago then you will be required to complete a refresher before joining any of our scheduled dives.
At 21.5 meters in length and 5 meters wide Laboe is a perfect deep dive with easy penetration. Enter through the back of the wreck into the saloon area were all of the windows have been removed so is flooded with natural light. Following the natural path of the wreck into the bridge, you can either exit here through the front windows or continue down into the engine room. Within the engine room there is a fully intact engine and transmitter, this area is the darkest, with little natural light. As you head towards the back of the boat to exit there is often two Mottled Grouper. If you look closely there are also bottles of wine which were hidden inside the wreck when it sunk.
We will meet at our well-equipped diving centre in Paphos Harbour. Our friendly and helpful PADI professionals will help you with equipment and begin with an interesting and informative dive briefing. Unless you have your own diving gear, all equipment is supplied by us. We spend a few minutes checking your sizes and will fit you with the suitable gear. All of our diving equipment is well maintained and serviced regularly to ensure your safety and comfort.
Once everyone is ready we walk down to Paphos harbour, and board Cydive II. The journey from the to Laboe takes roughly 5 minutes.
Complimentary fresh fruit, snacks and refreshments will be served on the boat during the surface interval and water will be given again before returning to the harbour. Back at the dive centre our PADI professionals will debrief you and help you to complete your logbooks.
Descend down onto the wreck and begin the dive at the deepest point on the bottom (19m). Circle the bottom on the wreckage to see the propellers and grouper which can be seen hidden under the wreck.
Once everyone is comfortable head inside the wreck to see the saloon and cargo hold, it can be quite dark inside so be sure to bring a torch!
Back on the outside of the wreck explore the external features such as the bridge, winch, and seating area of the wreck.
Laboe is laid on a silt bottom buoyancy is key at this dive site! Also a bonus of the silt bottom is that it often attracts common stingray and flounder, on the rare occasion eagle ray have also been spotted here. You will find great hermit-crabs scurrying around the wreck but also hiding under the mooring block. Additionally to large fish, this site is particularly well known for Pink Flabellina feeding on the corals and algae. You will be able to take great macro photography shots at the Laboe!
For more information about the marine life we see in Cyprus, head over to our marine life page!
Feel free to catch up on any missed sleep during the during back to the dive centre. Once you get back our PADI professionals will debrief you and help you to complete your logbooks.